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The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

profileOK – it is December 2nd and we can start talking about Christmas.  Yesterday was the 1st Sunday of Advent.  So Christmas is just a few weeks away.

Today’s passage is significant as we approach the manger where our Lord was laid.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  The Word or Logos – the truth of God – became flesh and made His dwelling – His presence – His life – known to us.

As we approach the manger this year – let’s make sure Jesus is the reason for the season.  I will try – each day during Advent – to give us something to chew on as we keep Jesus at the front of our thinking.  I will also try to pass along some words of wisdom – from time to time – some mine – mostly other’s thoughts.

Today I want to echo what I have been telling my local church for a couple of weeks.  Do not go into debt for Christmas.  I heard one of our young couples say that they give their three gifts at Christmas to remind them of the gifts the Bible shares were shared with Christ (there may have been more – we get three because there were three wise ones that came and they say gold – frankincense and myrrh).  There may have been more – but this young couple uses three.  I think this is a good idea and helps these parents keep Christmas from being so materialistic and also point their children to the Christmas story.

How will you keep Jesus at the front of your thinking this Christmas?  How will the Word becoming flesh impact your spiritual life this year?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

 

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December 2, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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